Massage Therapy

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

MASS 101R : Basic Massage Theory and Application

This course introduces the massage therapy student to the history and theory of massage. It includes skill development in the art and science of massage therapy. This course consists of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on treatment. The students will be working on each other under the direct supervision of a certified, licensed massage therapy instructor. The course involves learning the fundamentals of giving a full body massage. Draping techniques are covered thoroughly to ensure client comfort and modesty. Indications and contraindications, the basic physiological effects, hygiene, professional appearance, sanitation procedures and equipment needed are covered. NOTE: During the first month of the course of study, each student will be required to have had a full body massage by a licensed massage therapist and present documentation by the therapist. The student is responsible for costs associated with this treatment. )

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Matriculation in the Massage Program, MASS 102R (or corequisite)

MASS 102R : Human Body I

This course is designed for students studying to become professional Massage Therapists. The content is designed to coincide with the development of manual skills, connecting the study of the human body with the practice of massage therapy, with a focus on the mind/body connection.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Accuplacer Reading Score of 250 or higher or SAT EBRW Score of 500 or higher or Permission of Department Designee or Minimum of previous Associate’s degree or minimum grade of C in Reading Strategies (ENGL 011R). , Matriculation in the Massage Therapy Program, MASS 101R (or corequisite)

MASS 103R : Human Body II

This course is designed for students studying to become professional Massage Therapists. The content is designed to coincide with the development of manual skills, connecting the study of the human body with the practice of massage therapy, with a focus on the mind/body connection. This course focuses on the muscular system.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Matriculation in the Massage Therapy Program, satisfactory completion of MASS 102R (or corequisite)

MASS 104R : Human Body III

This course is designed for students studying to become professional Massage Therapists. The content is designed to coincide with the development of manual skills, connecting the study of the human body with the practice of massage therapy, with a focus on the mind/body connection. An overview of the structure and function of the body systems and the effects of the sympathetic nervous response are covered.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Matriculation in the Massage Therapy Program, satisfactory completion of MASS 103R. (or corequisite)

MASS 105R : Massage Essentials

Massage Essentials covers important topics such as professional communication, self-care, the therapeutic relationship, confidentiality, evolution of massage, and the effects of massage on the homeostasis. These topics are as important as a Massage Therapist’s hands-on skill.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Minimum ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 78 or successful completion of Introduction to College Composition with a grade of “C” or Permission of Program Director, MASS 101R (or corequisite)

MASS 107R : Intro to Massage Specialties I

Introduction to Massage Specialties I familiarizes the student with a wide spectrum of massage therapy specialties. The student will study and practice the basics elements of three different common eastern and energy based massage modalities.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)

MASS 108R : Introduction to Massage Specialties II

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Massage Specialties I which familiarizes the student with a wide spectrum of massage therapy specialties. The student will study and practice the basics elements of three different common western style massages.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)

MASS 117R : Massage Business Practices I

This course is designed to equip the student with the skills to present themselves professionally in an employment setting. Students will create resumes, cover letters, practice interview skills and attend a Massage Therapy Employer Panel.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Matriculation in the Massage Therapy Program, MASS 193R (or corequisite)

MASS 118R : Massage Business Practices II

This course is designed to equip the student with the business skills needed to practice professionally, either as an independent massage practitioner or as an employee. The student will develop a business plan, marketing materials, and other products that have practice ‘real world’ value.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Matriculation in the Massage Therapy Program, MASS 193R, MASS 117R (or corequisite)

MASS 121R : Intermediate Massage Theory and Application

This course focuses on health care massage, postural dysfunction and outcome based treatment planning. Assessments, mechanical and reflexive techniques, hydrotherapy and endangerment sites, designing the massage treatment and the body/mind connections will be introduced. Topics to be reviewed are body mechanics movement, history, client expectations, indications and contraindications.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)

MASS 126R : Massage Rules and Ethics

This course focuses upon specific ethics of the profession of massage, as exemplified in various codes of ethics of major massage organizations and New Hampshire Rules and laws governing massage therapy and therapists.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Matriculation in the Massage Therapy Program, MASS 193R (or corequisite)

MASS 140R : Massage Capstone

In this research-based course students will integrate all learning to-date to create a safe and therapeutic outcome-based massage treatment specific for clients with common conditions. Common conditions, their causes, contributing factors, cautions and contraindications will be addressed.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)

MASS 192R : Massage Clinical Experience

This course is provides 2/3 of the 125 practice hours of massage as required by the State of New Hampshire for licensure. The student will apply new learning to assess the needs of the client in order to develop a massage treatment that meets the unique needs of that client. The faculty advisor will assist students in the learning process and will be on duty during the course. Students will meet with the faculty supervisor as needed throughout the semester for feedback and review. Students are required to show evidence of a liability policy additional to the college liability policy which covers them when they are conducting massages independently (i.e. not directly supervised by a college faculty).

Credits

2

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)

MASS 195R : Massage Practicum

This course completes the NH State Requirement of at least 125 hours of practice massage for licensure. The student will be integrating all prior learning to thoroughly assess clients’ needs and design a massage treatment that is effective for each client. Forty five hours of massage therapy will be performed with a variety of clients at an approved practicum site and documented as required by NH standards.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)